This impressive scroll painting is at once a lengthy letter of invitation and a promotional banner. Such scrolls were routinely sent by a community to invite Jain monks to spend the rainy season at their town or village. To attract the most distinguished holy men, the pictures advertised major attractions that a town had to offer and highlighted the pious nature of its community. This scroll from Sirohi, an important centre of Jainism even today, includes pictures of rulers and royal processions, scenes of worship at important shrines and illustrations of commerce at the town’s bazaars.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006.
gouache on prepared cotton, Sanskrit in black and red Devanagari script; seven painted scenes; green border with floral motif
822.0 x 29.0 cm
Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2006
Shown in 3 exhibitions
The coloured cosmos: Jain Painting 1450-1850 (2005), Sam Fogg Ltd., London, 02 Nov 2005–16 Nov 2005
Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017